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Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

Dayton, Ohio - The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 at Fifth Third Field.  The win gave the Dragons their second “walk-off” victory of the season.

West Michigan scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  But the Dragons began their comeback when Jimmy Pickens opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off the glove of second baseman Joey Pankake.  Garrett Boulware’s sacrifice moved Pickens to second.  Narciso Crook and Luis Gonzalez drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.  Wendell Soto followed with a line drive single to center to drive in Pickens and tie the game at 3-3, but Crook was tagged out at home on the play as he tried to score from second for the second out.  Brian O’Grady walked to load the bases.  Ronald Bueno followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.  West Michigan first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went hard to his right, knocked the ball down, picked it up, and flipped to pitcher Johan Belisario covering first.  The throw beat Bueno to the bag, but Belisario was past the base when he took the throw in full stride, allowing Gonzalez to score the winning run from third.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Boulware singled with one out to drive in Pickens from second, who scored with a great reaching slide to get around the tag.  West Michigan tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with one run in the top of the sixth.  The Dragons evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin LaValley doubled and scored from second on Boulware’s two-out single.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong worked the first five and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jake Ehret provided an exceptional outing in relief of Armstrong, retiring all eight batters he faced with six strikeouts.  Brian Hunter (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth but was credited with the win.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Boulware was 2 for 3 with two RBI.  Soto was 2 for 4 with the game-tying RBI.

The Dragons (8-9) host the Whitecaps (8-9) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as Dayton goes for a sweep of the three-game set.  Tyler Mahle (1-1, 2.87) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Fernando Perez (0-2, 5.40).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.  Aquino was hit by a pitch from West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig in the first inning Friday night.  Typical healing time for this injury is four-to-six weeks.  Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.  Reynoso appeared in 52 games for the Dragons in 2014, batting .229 with no home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

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REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings and fellow rookie Domingo Santana homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Jungmann (8-5) limited the Reds to three hits and three walks while striking out five.

Cincinnati rookie Raisel Iglesias (3-6) turned in a strong performance of his own by retiring 16 straight during one stretch.

While St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago have made headlines in the NL Central this year, the Reds and Brewers are simply trying to avoid the basement of the majors' most competitive division. Milwaukee (54-74) snapped a four-game skid to remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati (52-75).

Cincinnati has lost 13 of 14 and hasn't scored a run in 19 innings.

ANGELS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer, starting in place of an ill Danny Salazar, allowed one run in eight innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Friday night.

Bauer (10-10) won for the second time in nine starts. He replaced Salazar, who was scratched because of a virus. Bauer allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Jason Kipnis, the American League's leading hitter (.324), drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single to cap a three-run rally. Kipnis, who had struck out twice and hit into a double play in his first three at-bats, delivered off Trevor Gott (2-2).

Kaleb Cowart's RBI single in the fifth drove in the Angels' only run. Los Angeles entered the night one-half game behind Texas for the second wild-card spot in the AL.

Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

INDIANS-FRANCONA

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says he won't use an out clause in his contract if team president Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere.

Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Shapiro has declined to comment on the report. Francona said last week Shapiro had made him aware of the situation, which reportedly will be resolved in the next few days.

Francona signed a contract extension following last season through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona said Friday that he had no intention of using the opt-out clause to get himself a better job.

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